Can you believe it is the end of January, 2015? So much happened so fast this month. We've got a whole new brigade in Austin. Our local Senators Eltife and Nichols are invigorated and just as excited as us about putting Texas first. Our Ag Commissioner and friend, Sid Miller, is wasting no breath to make everybody realize agriculture matters. Oil prices are down, but somehow our state always had resilience to come back stronger and better every time this has happened. All three of our spirits made hay with the medals at the New York International Spirits Competition. Our new release wines just confirm the phenomenal path Kiepersol has been on...making Texans proud with so many world class wines. Patience and persistence - the trades of the farmer - always make tomorrow a better day.
Good politicians, good farming practices and hard work are not enough though. What we live by is sustainable harmony. A harmony between us and competitors, us and our wonderful patrons, believers and supporters. A sustainable harmony between regulators and our practices. A harmony between our practices and our environment. A harmony that accepts what the weather brings is good for us because God's in charge. A harmony of acceptance not to buy what we need, but only those things that we cannot do without.
The coming four weeks will be pruning time. More than 60 acres of grapevines at Kiepersol will be shaped and tasked with a crop to bear in 2015. The dead wood will be removed and the good spurs and the right buds will be deliberately selected for a better crop this year. When you have time swing by, come see what we do. It's a magical time so well described by the parable of the vine. On February 2nd, now Chris Kyle day in Texas, we'll start the cultural practices for the 2015 vintage at Kiepersol. Although the vines are still resting, our labor starts. God Blessed.